COVID-19 Advice and Guidance

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Coronavirus and your WellbeingWorking from Home WellbeingLocal Information and SupportGuidance for Parents during COVID-19

Coronavirus and your Wellbeing

You might be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include having to stay at home and avoid other people.

This might feel difficult or stressful, but there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing. Having a routine like getting up at the same time every day, showering and getting ready as if you’re going to work, can help you cope with a change to your normal routine. Making time for exercise such as doing at home workouts, is a great way of staying physically well, which contributes to good mental wellbeing. Connecting with family through phone conversations or social apps can help to improve your mood.

Mind have created some great information to help you cope if you’re feeling anxious or worried about coronavirus covering:-

To read the full Mind advice click here.

To download the Mind guide to Supporting Wellbeing at Home, based on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, please click here.

Mind have also produced information for young people who are worried about coronavirus and want to know how to cope with changes to their lives.

You might also find these links helpful:

Public Heath England has published guidance, advice and tips around coronavirus and supporting mental wellbeing as part of their Every Mind Matters campaign.

COVID-19 Guidance in 10 Different Languages

Race Equality Foundation has developed a national resource of written and audio materials for people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

The materials have been translated into Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Kurdish, Punjabi, Portuguese, Polish, Somali, and Urdu, and include the following guidelines: 

  • Covid explanation of terms 
  • Shielding guidelines
  • Staying safe outside your home
  • Getting a Covid test
  • Coronavirus guidance for people who provide unpaid care to family and friends
  • Meeting with others
  • Support bubble
  • Looking after friends or family when they leave hospital
  • Vaccine for coronavirus
  • Safeguarding Factsheet: Community volunteers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak 

Please click here to access all these materials.

Introducing the new NHS COVID-19 app.

The NHS COVID-19 app is part of the large scale coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and contact tracing programme called the NHS Test and Trace service in England and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service in Wales. The app will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to help notify users if they have come into contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus. To find out more about the app, please click here.

Below is a short video about how you can use the Five Ways to Wellbeing to help your wellbeing:

Working from Home Wellbeing

We know that many of us are worrying about the current situation around coronavirus and how it might affect our lives. It’s likely that we’ll be working from home for longer periods of time to help keep us all safe during the coronavirus outbreak. Therefore, it’s important we recognise how it may affect our mental health and ensure we are taking care of ourselves and our colleagues. Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing team has more tips for people working from home, including advice if you manage others while working remotely.

Local Information and Support

Buckinghamshire Council
Buckinghamshire Council has published Guidance for people who live or work in Buckinghamshire, which includes information on Community Support Hubs.

Community Impact Bucks
Community Impact Bucks has published Guidance and Advice for Voluntary Groups and Volunteers.

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
A series of leaflets entitled “Coping with the Coronavirus” has been published by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. They contain information about how the coronavirus outbreak might affect your mental health, how to look after yourself, what to do if a problem persists, and where to find further information.

The Clare Foundation
Further guidance on support and resources for charities can be found on The Clare Foundation’s advice page.

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
A series of leaflets entitled “Coping with the Coronavirus” has been published by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. They contain information about how the coronavirus outbreak might affect your mental health, how to look after yourself, what to do if a problem persists, and where to find further information.

Oxford Health Mental Health Helpline
A 24/7 mental health helpline has been launched during the coronavirus pandemic. You can call when you need to find out when and where to get help and to access support from mental health professionals.

Adults: 01865 904 997

Children and Young People: 01865 904998

24/7 Mental Health Helpline for Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire

Healthy Minds
Healthy Minds, the NHS psychological service, helps thousands of people each year cope more effectively with their depression and anxiety. They have updated their website to include a range of short videos and links that will help you look after yourself and your loved ones during this very challenging time.

Sources of other local support
Our team are collating details of sources of other local support in our communities as we become aware of them. Please get in touch on 01494 463364 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm) or email us at info@bucksmind.org.uk.

Guidance for Parents during COVID-19

Bucks Mind’s Children and Young People’s Team (CYP) are aware of the added stress and anxiety that families are experiencing during these uncertain times. The team are still creating and sending newsletters and resources every month to schools across Buckinghamshire for staff to share with parents and students.

Please see below some examples of our newsletters:

For parents and school staff:

Parent & Staff Autumn Newsletter

Parent & Staff Welcome Back

Parents & Staff Wellbeing

For Primary School aged children:

Primary Autumn Newsletter

Primary Welcome Back

Primary Wellbeing

For Secondary School aged children:

Secondary Autumn Newsletter

Secondary Welcome Back

Secondary Wellbeing

There are also great resources available online for parents and teachers:

Signposting for Parents and Young People in Bucks during COVID-19

If you would like to receive more of our resources, please email Kat Frei on kat.frei@bucksmind.org.uk


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